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Climate Change

Canoer on an Alberta lakeOur Challenge

Climate change is fundamentally an energy issue. Alberta is supplying energy to meet growing global demand for such things as fuel for transportation and to spur economic growth around the world. Achieving greenhouse gas emission reductions requires a prudent and unique set of actions.

Our Actions

Alberta is regulating emissions from large industrial emitters and investing heavily in clean energy technology to reduce emissions at the source. Our actions allow Alberta to move in-step with emerging North American climate policies.

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Regulating GHG emissions

Alberta regulates mandatory emission reductions from all large industrial emitters. These regulations include a price on carbon, a technology fund and a regulated offset market.

Alberta was the first jurisdiction in North America with mandatory reduction regulations for large emitters (>100,000 tonnes per year) across all sectors.

Alberta's GHG emissions

Alberta produces about one third of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. The majority of emissions come from coal-fired electricity and oil and gas development.

The oil sands account for about 23 per cent of Alberta's emissions, which is equal to about 8 per cent of national emissions and less than 0.15 per cent of global emissions.

Alberta's increasing emissions also reflect that the province's population expanded about 50 per cent since 1991, the highest growth among Canadian provinces. 

Carbon Capture and Storage

Carbon capture and storage remains a key part of Alberta’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the responsible development of our energy resources. 

Learn more about carbon capture and storage.

Alberta's Emissions Target

Alberta's emissions target

Climate Change Action

Alberta is one of Canada's leading producers of wind power.

  • 40 million tonnes of emissions avoided since July 1, 2007
  • $398 million into a clean energy technology fund
  • $1.3 billion for carbon capture and storage
  • $15 per tonne carbon price
  • Almost 20 million tonnes worth of emissions have been purchased on a regulated offset market
  • $52-million energy efficiency consumer rebate program will eliminate 2.6Mt GHGs over the lifetime of the upgrade 
  • Five per cent renewable fuel standard for gasoline and two per cent for diesel